Fletcher in 2011.
|Born: November 17, 1966|
|August 24, 1999|
|Career highlights and awards|
Andrew Jay Fletcher (born November 17, 1966) is an umpire in Major League Baseball, wearing number 49. Fletcher worked in the National League in 1999 and has worked across both major leagues since 2000. Fletcher has appeared in one Major League Baseball All-Star Game and in one World Baseball Classic. He's been involved in just one postseason game, which is the worst postseason-to-regular season ratio for an MLB umpire.
Fletcher attended the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in 1989. He spent 10 years in the minor leagues before his MLB promotion in 1999. Fletcher worked in the Appalachian League in 1989, the Florida Instructional League and Midwest League in 1990 and 1991, the Carolina League in 1992, the Southern League from 1992 to 1994, and the Pacific Coast League from 1995 to 1999. He also worked in the Arizona Fall League in 1997.
While in the Southern League in 1994, Fletcher was involved in two arguments with Michael Jordan, during the basketball star's lone season with the Birmingham Barons. One of the two confrontations ended with the ejection of Barons manager Terry Francona.
On June 25, 2015, Fletcher was involved in an infamous altercation with Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. According to Lester, the pitcher yelled at himself in frustration at himself after issuing ball four to A. J. Ellis of the Dodgers. Fletcher mistook this exclamation as directed at his strike-calling and began to make his way to the mound, yelling at Lester. Catcher David Ross blocked his path (at one point inadvertently making contact with Fletcher) trying to calm him down, unbeknownst to Lester, who had walked behind the mound and still had his back turned. A perplexed Lester turned to see manager Joe Maddon running out to confront Fletcher. Maddon and Fletcher exchanged heated words for an extended time, yet Fletcher never threw any of the players or the manager out.
On September 7, 2018, Fletcher was the home plate umpire in a controversial game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers, in which his strike zone drew backlash from both teams and their commentating crew, including Jeff Huson of the Rockies and Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers. Fletcher ejected Colorado manager Bud Black for arguing a questionable balk call in the fifth inning of the game.
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